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Deloreese Patricia Early
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Della Reese Fast Facts:
While still in her early teens, she was discovered by Mahalia Jackson and was invited to join the legendary gospel singer's touring choir for the summer.
In college, she started a women's gospel group called the Meditation Singers; she cut back on performing with the group after leaving school to help support her family following her mother's death.
Signed with Jubilee Records after relocating to New York in 1953 and scored a hit with the 1957 single "And That Reminds Me," which led to regular appearances on
The Ed Sullivan Show
Became the first black woman to host her own talk show when
premiered in 1969; it aired for one season.
During a 1979 performance on the
Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
, she suffered a brain aneurysm and was thought to be near death.
An ordained minister, she started her own church, called Understanding Principles for Better Living Church.
Became close friends with Roma Downey, her costar on the CBS drama series
Touched By An Angel
, and officiated at Downey's 2007 wedding ceremony to TV reality producer Mark Burnett.
Della Reese Relationships:
Vermont Taliaferro - Ex-husband
Richard Early - Father
James Barger - Son
Nellie Early - Mother
Dominique Lett - Daughter
Deloreese Daniels Owens - Daughter
Franklin Lett - Husband
Franklin Lett III - Son
Della Reese Awards:
1997 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - Nominee
1998 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television - Nominee
1998 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - Nominee
1996 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
1997 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
Attended Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
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